Ethereal Elounda holidays 2020
Representing a real slice of tranquillity, the once small fishing town of Elounda sits on the northern coast of Crete. Over the years this quaint town has developed into a livelier town and become more of a draw for tourists. But despite this gained attention, it still ranks as one of the most peaceful resorts in the whole of Greece, while also proving lively enough to keep all of its many guests suitably entertained.
With a cheap holiday to Elounda you will get to experience the lively harbour environment with authentic Greek tavernas and cheery waterfront pubs, meaning you have something fun to do in the evening when you’re done with your day on the beach. Staying in Elounda also means you’re also perfectly placed to visit Spinalonga Island, Crete’s most-visited site.
Elounda at a glance
Discover the best beaches
Elounda is home to a couple of Blue Flag beaches, including the main Elounda Beach and the quieter Driros Beach
Sample the local food
Check out one of Elounda's traditional tavernas for a drink and a tasty Greek bite to eat
Must-visit historical sites
Visit Spinalonga Island, the former leper colony and one of Crete's most visited sites
Explore the local markets
Love checking out the local markets? Don't miss the stalls on Fridays!
Hit the nightlife & bar scene
Have a fun chilled night out at Elounda's bars, or go to Aghios Nikolaos for an even livlier time
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Things to do in Elounda
As previously mentioned, Elounda is very close to Crete’s most famous attraction in Spinalonga Island. Known around Crete simply as ‘the Island’ because of its huge reputation, this amazing structure used to be a leper colony which served the whole of Greece. Its small inner network of run-down streets and houses, which were abandoned by Turkish occupants at the end of the previous century, became home to lepers who were then dubbed as the ‘living dead’. Despite the history of this enchanting island being decidedly depressing, it still attracts thousands of visitors each month and its stunning views and amazing history is the main reasons why.
In addition to Spinalonga Island there are many more sights to see in Elounda. It’s harbour, known as the Gulf of Korfos, is a natural, beautiful lagoon bordered by rugged peninsulas. It has crystal clear waters surrounding it as well as a number of amazing shops, restaurants and bars which give you a distinctly authentic feel for the resort. And for those looking to get in touch with their spiritual side, the nearby Monastery of Aretiou is one of the largest and most powerful monasteries in Crete. As well as being a beautiful structure to visit.
The beaches in Elounda are every bit as amazing as you’d expect for a resort on the beautiful island of Crete. The main draw is Elounda Beach, right next to the harbour in the centre of the town, this well-organised beach has enough umbrellas and sun loungers to comfortably host the whole family for a day out. While it also has a lifeguard to allay any worries, while all around you will find cafeterias, restaurants and hotels to meet your every need.
In addition to Elounda Beach, there are also many more beaches on offer. Although it’s covered with pebbles rather than sand, the views from Plaka Beach more than make up for it. Able to see Spinagola Island in all its glory, Plaka Beach is a favourite for locals and tourists and when you’re on a comfy sun lounger looking out the azure ocean it’s easy to see why. Also short on sand, and with it sunbathers, the beach at Kolokithia is a popular place to visit for snorkelers and the relative peace found there provides a beautiful backdrop when viewing the amazing marine life.
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